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 the business intelligence guide


The Shortcut Guide to Achieving Business Intelligence in Midsize Companies
This guide introduces you to the key concepts of business intelligence, including data modeling, data warehouses, online analytical processing (OLAP), and more.

the business intelligence guide  medium businesses from investigating the use of business intelligence, and explains how the very same techniques and technologies used by massive enterprises are now available to them.

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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TEC 2012 Business Intelligence and Data Management Buyer's Guide


The advent of new computing models and innovative technologies is reshaping the business intelligence (BI) landscape. Read this buyer’s guide to get the latest on major changes in the BI and data management space and know the important factors to consider when looking for a BI solution. You’ll also get detailed product comparisons, a comprehensive vendor directory, customer success stories, and thought leadership commentary.

New trends in BI. We will review some of the new trends and technologies in the BA space as well as some of the players in the arena. We will also touch upon products such as operational intelligence and data discovery products and how they are impacting the BI space.

BI suite solutions. This section considers a group of important vendors in the BI space that offer a complete BI suite of solutions, with comprehensive coverage of many aspects of the BI lifecycle, from data collection to visualization.

Analytics databases. Here we take a general approach to a new breed of data management solutions for data analysis, as well as data warehousing solutions. This section covers some of the most relevant providers offering new ways to solving data warehousing issues and providing data analysis.

Business analytics. Last but not least, we will dive into a new set of data analytics tools specifically designed and prepared with advanced features and functions for specific industries. We will take a look at core predictive analytics tools and highlight some of the products available for specific industries, such as health care, and for financials, customer care and satisfaction, human resources (HR), and social media purposes.

This guide will therefore provide you with a broad overview of traditional and new BI offerings in the market so that you can stay current on all the changes taking place in the BI space and know the important factors to consider when looking for a BI solution to help you address your business needs.


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Preface

BI for Everything: Trends in Business Intelligence and Data Management Solutions

TEC Resources for Business Intelligence

Casebook

Flying High: Actuate Reporting Solution Earns its Striped at RAF, as Support Department Tightens its Supply Chain and Adds More Value

Greenplum Customer Success Story: Greenplum Database Helps Commercial Bank Drive Revenue and Reduce Risk

IPC Global Customer Success Story: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Revolutionizes Information Delivery with QlikView

LogiXML Customer Success Story: London Borough of Islington Saves £800k Annually with LogiXML

Microsoft SQL Server Customer Solution Case Study: Retailer Expects $10 million Profit Boost, Gets Better Sales Visibility with BI Solution

Pentaho Customer Success Story: StoneGate Senior Chooses Pentaho’s Business Intelligence

Salient Customer Success Story: Major Multi-Line Beverage Wholesaler Gets Better with ‘Age’

SAS Customer Success Story: AstraZeneca Assures Product Quality, Maximizes Production Efficient with SAS Enterprise Business Intelligence

SAP Customer Success Story: Kennametal: Becoming Customer Centric with SAP Software for Data Insight and Consistent Processes

Thought Leadership: BI Maturity and Software Selection Perspectives

SHL Customer Success Story: Time Warner Cable Improves Efficiency and Benchmarks its Talent with SHL

Tableau Customer Success Story: ebay: Driving the Site with Big Data Analytics

TARGIT Customer Success Story: AerRianta International North America Inc. – Improving Productivity and Operations with TARGIT BI Suite

TIBCO Software Customer Success Story: Relay Technology Management Develops Biopharma Industry’s First Unified Solution for Real-time Business Intelligence and Data Visualization

Transpara Customer Success Story: Visual KPI Value Snapshot: National Grid Maximizing Operation Performance at National Grid

UNIT4 Customer Success Story: Tollpost Globe Improves Business and Individual Performance with UNIT4 Business Analytics Apps

Yellowfin – Making Business Intelligence Easy: Yellowfin BI in Telecommunications


TEC Partners Resource Directory


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BI for Everything: Trends in Business Intelligence and Data Management Solutions


Major changes have been reshaping the business intelligence (BI) landscape in the last couple of years. BI software solutions have become not only more specialized in functionality, but also more powerful, versatile, and sophisticated in their capability. In addition, the systems are less monolithic, more function oriented, and easier to use.

These major trends in the BI space are a culmination of the changes in the software industry over the past decade and a natural evolution of the BI field. Certainly, the emergence of new computing models—such as cloud computing; the verticalization of many branches of enterprise software solutions to offer software specialized by function, industry, or line of business (LoB); and of course, the advent of innovative technologies such as mobile computing, big-data analytics, and in-memory technologies—is greatly influencing the way BI is performed today.

The complete BI cycle is continuing to change at a fast pace, and so is the set of complementary solutions to support the complete decision-making process of an organization. This guide aims to look at some of the traditional systems as well as new options in the BI marketplace that can help today’s organizations deploy or enhance their decision-support platforms. Specifically, we will explore the main features and functions of these software solutions and the role they play within the BI cycle to help your organization make better and more informed decisions.

With so many changes taking place in the BI and business analytics (BA) industry, it’s hard to stay current. This buyer’s guide will walk you through some of the changes in the BI and data management spaces, the new types of products currently available, and the innovative trends that are gaining traction and reshaping the BI industry.

Because of the project-based and people-oriented nature of services organizations, this business segment requires software applications that are capable of supporting services oriented business processes and adequately handling multiple internal challenges that are intrinsic to this industry.



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Business intelligence (BI) tools are now affordable for midsize companies, and accessible to non-technical business users. Managers can use BI to analyze complex information and support their decision-making processes—combining data from many sources into an integrated, up-to-date view. Find out what midsize companies need to know to select the right BI product, the right BI vendor, and the right approach to BI.

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Business Intelligence: A Guide for Midsize Companies


Business intelligence (BI) is not a new concept. What’s new is that BI tools are now accessible for midsize companies. Managers can use BI to analyze complex information to support their decision-making processes, combining data from a variety of sources to get an integrated, 360-degree view of the company. Find out how to select the right BI software, the right vendor, and the right approach to implementing BI.

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Business Intelligence Buyer's Guide (Summary Edition)


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The Linux Box is a project management and consulting practice, specializing in open source technology and the Linux platform. The company helps its customers assess, select, customize, and deploy best-of-breed open source solutions. The Linux Box concentrates on knowledge transfer and training, applications development and porting, and network support services. The Linux Box was formed in 1999 and is headquartered in Michigan, USA.

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There are several ways to define the business services and consulting industry, but they all make a clear distinction between business services (services a client cannot or does not want to perform in-house) and consulting (services that will improve a client's activities). Of course, these two different types of activities can be combined into one, depending on the client's requirements.

However, the line between the two types is sometimes blurry. For instance, a company may provide shipping logistics services for a client (or for the client's clients), in the sense that it handles the shipping of goods for the client; but it can also provide consulting services (or extend its own logistics services) to help the client improve the transportation system already in place.

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SAP Business ByDesign: The Most Complete and Adaptable On-demand Business Solution


This business management solution is an affordable offering that supports profitable growth, enables business agility, and empowers your employees. It’s comprehensive, easy-to-use software that supports all stakeholders across your company as well as your extended ecosystem. Read about how you can grow your business, develop relationships, accelerate innovation, and streamline operations.

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W4 BUSINESS FIRST 8.5 for Business Process Management Certification Report


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